Cobourg’s Cannabis Facility needs a lot of Hydro

A press release today provided some more information on Cobourg’s Cannabis factory.  The operating  company is FV Pharma but it is getting $55M of finance from Auxly Cannabis Group – formerly called Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. (they get paid by getting 49.9% of the output) – so it’s really a joint venture.  FV Pharma still plans to be the “largest hydroponic indoor cannabis facility in the world” and in May they named  Belleville based Cornerstone Builders Ltd as the construction contractor for the first phase. They still expect the “first phase of construction to be complete and ready for Health Canada approval by the end of December 2018”.  But they also announced some changes: the facility will now include “a research and development lab focused on advancements in LED lighting, nutrient testing, breeding and genetics research. The first phase will also contain a dedicated space for large-scale extraction capabilities.”

Lakefront Utilities Office on Division St.
Lakefront Utilities Office on Division St.

Chuck Rifici, Chairman and CEO of Auxly said that “cultivating cannabis requires a significant amount of energy in order to ensure proper growing conditions and this is one of the main contributors to overall operations costs.”  Translation: Cobourg’s LUSI needs to make sure they can supply a lot of electricity to them and FV Pharma needs to find ways to minimize consumption.

Therefore, Auxly has announced that FV Pharma will “implement several technological advancements in order to increase energy efficiency and post-harvest process automation. These advancements are anticipated to benefit the environment and the community of Cobourg through less demand on the local electricity grid and will reduce operating expenses to the Company.”  You can bet that LUSI is talking to them.

Thomas Fairfull, President and CEO of FV Pharma said: “We remain confident that FV Pharma’s joint venture with Auxly will be an industry-leading indoor producer of cannabis and we look forward to developing the various stages of this project as we enter into the era of legalization of recreational cannabis.”  They have a licence for medical marijuana but with recreational pot now legalised starting October, they will no doubt need a new licence.

In a previous update, it was reported that FV Pharma will hire up to 200 people over the next 12 months.  To be the biggest plant in the world would mean they will have to build on the vacant Kraft property land and no doubt the Hydro provisioning will have to be upgraded at some point.

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Deborah OConnor

Hearing about the need for lots of hydro I can’t help but think of how well outside marijuana plants grow around Northumberland County with no demand for extra hydro at all. Lots of sunshine and regular watering are all they need to grow as high as ten feet tall. And ground hog control is needed as well!

This old girl is already mourning the demise of illegal marijuana as we see this lovely and beneficial plant turned into a “product”, neatly packaged and sold in government stores. Just won’t be the same.

Wally Keeler

i know the feeling, unfortunately, indoor production in all seasons produces more of the fine inhalent than a single season grow period outdoors.

Ewok

Can always cultivate your own…it’s only a matter of time before small niche growers – we’ll call them craft-abis growers – become fashionable. We are seeing that with craft and micro breweries now. Granted that took a very long time…

Wally Keeler

There have always been niche growers. Panama Red, Acapulco Gold, Manhattan Silver, Thai Sticks, Lebanese black, Afghani Blonde, etc, are old niche brands. Canadian biker gangs developed Cdn brands, some well known in Amsterdam cafes.

Jade

I was told that this company has a provision under a farming type business so they dont have to abide with minimum wage. Humm interesting

Ewok

Jade – I would suggest this is a rumour. No way would this fly in the Province of Ontario … In addition, I believe you would see Unifor (UFCW) or some other union looking to certify the employees should they attempt anything remotely close to that. Publically traded Canadian company – way too much to lose with a poor public profile.

Fact Checker

Ewok, Still looking forward to your announcement that you are running for Mayor. On topic, the following may help: https://www.legalline.ca/legal-answers/agricultural-workers-and-harvesters/ The site indicates in part: Most agricultural workers do not have the same rights to minimum hours of work and wages as other workers in Ontario. The Ministry of Labour defines four categories of agricultural workers: Farm workers – a person employed on a farm whose primary work is the production of certain agricultural products, such as milk, eggs, grain, seeds, fruit, vegetables, maple products, honey, tobacco, pigs, cattle, sheep, or poultry. Harvesters – a special category of farm worker employed on a farm to harvest fruit, vegetables or tobacco. Farm workers If you are considered a farm worker, normally your employer can pay you below minimum wage and does not have to pay you overtime. You do not necessarily get paid for time-off on public holidays, and there are no rules about the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work. However, your employer must allow you to take pregnancy and parental leave. You are also entitled to personal emergency leave, notice of termination / termination pay, and severance pay. Harvesters Minimum wage If you harvest fruit, vegetables… Read more »

Wally Keeler

Fact Checker posted, “Student harvesters (Wally’s favourites)

A fake fact.

Wally Keeler

More power to them.

Walter L. Luedtke

Maybe in time there will be a marijuana belt from Castleton to Centreton and beyond.
Just as there was a tobacco belt in years gone by.
Many students used to earn good money tending and harvesting tobacco.
At my old high school in Brighton, we would soft pedal teaching in the first two weeks in September until the kids came back ‘from tobacco’.

Wally Keeler

I did summer suckering in those tobacco fields, but there will be no pot belt because good controlled pot is better grown in a 100% controlled environment, not outside where the tobacco once grew.

Rusty Brown

I did summer suckering in those tobacco fields, too, and the overwhelming memory of those wretched days was having to leave a warm and dry pleasant morning to wade into that dew-soaked, sticky, clammy jungle of plants and get to work.

Miriam Mutton

I believe the former tobacco belt is now becoming the kale belt. 🙂

Walter L. Luedtke

Chuckles!
Cobourg can glory in the fame of being the site of the world’s biggest indoor grow-op for a short while. Soon other jurisdictions will legalize recreational weed and huge production facilities will follow. indoors and outdoors.
In the meantime, there is little doubt that FV Pharma will get its licence to produce recreational MJ.
Chuck Rifici was the Chief Financial Officer of the Liberal Party of Canada until he decamped to ‘greener fields’, so to speak.

Durka

Do they own the land where the Kerr St. extension is supposed to go?